NASA mars helicopter to be the first autonomous aircraft on the red planet
 

NASA mars helicopter to be the first autonomous aircraft on the red planet

soon, a helicopter will fly over the surface of mars. NASA’s next rover mission to the red planet is scheduled to launch july 2020. tagging along on this mission: an autonomous NASA mars helicopter, which will be the first flying (‘heavier-than-air’) vehicle to traverse the red planet. the less than 4 pound aircraft operates with a pair of counter-rotating blades. 

NASA mars helicopter
all images courtesy of NASA/JPL-caltech

 

 

here’s the mars-bound helicopter’s agenda: assessing the geology of its landing site, determining habitability of the area, venturing for signs of ancient life on mars, discovering resources and assets that could be beneficial or hazardous for us terrestrials. NASA also hopes the helicopter will succeed in capturing a rare birds-eye-view of the planet. if it does work the mission will have demonstrated the potential of helicopters as low-flying scouts and aerial vehicles to access locations not reachable by ground travel.

NASA mars helicopter

 

 

we already have great views of mars from the surface as well as from orbit’, says thomas zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s science mission directorate.with the added dimension of a bird’s-eye view from a ‘marscopter,’ we can only imagine what future missions will achieve.

  • What an inspirational load of horse shit..
    NASA, not too long ago said that it would take at least 20 years to “re-land” on the moon because they mysteriously lost all data of all Apollo missions?? Maybe because they’ve never landed on the moon.
    The biggest problem on leaving earths atmosphere is the Van Allan belt of radiation.
    Please people wake up and use your intelligence. Stop buying bullshit stories on social media and stop being brain washed.

    George says:

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